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house Bill H.R. 4617

Should Loopholes Allowing Foreign Interference & Deceptive Practices in U.S. Elections be Closed?

Argument in favor

Foreign interference is a growing and insidious problem in American elections, and should be stopped. Similarly, deceptive practices that hinder voters’ registration and votes are fundamentally undemocratic and should be stopped.

Bruce's Opinion
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10/20/2019
Exactly who would vote against closing loopholes permitting foreign interference and deception in US elections? Oh--that's right Moscow Mitch!
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jimK's Opinion
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10/23/2019
Yes, put controls on foreign influence of our elections and any offers of support by foreign nationals. There needs to be some additional cyber support to stop military psi-ops disinformation campaigns from influencing the electorate, especially by gaining detailed non-public polling data to target key districts in order to swing our outdated Electoral College voting. Dark funding to PAC’s must be prohibited- way too open to foreign influence. The FEC cannot currently vote since it has lost the required quorum and the President and Senate have not acted to appoint new members (I am not sure, but I don’t believe that the House has a direct responsibility for this). Also, there are few Congress people who want to be in an FEC hot seat this year. Finally, PAC’s are legally required to be completely free of influence from the politicians they choose to support. That doesn’t seem to be the way they are operating. trump’s campaign manager arranged for his wife to run a PAC for trump -which should be illegal. I do not believe that there was ever any enforcement guidelines for this and most politicians seem to have a blind eye. A final PAC control that should be enforced is to stop any implicit or explicit ‘guidance’ of a PAC over any elected official. Non-profit organizations should not be allowed to donate to candidates or campaigns since they obviously have profits to invest in buying political influence - so by definition, they must be profitable.
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Robert's Opinion
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10/20/2019
They claim that this is a Democrat plot to censure “free speech”, yet the Republicans pass laws against protest.
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Argument opposed

This bill’s provisions could have a chilling effect on free speech, and could also hurt journalism. Democrats — who crafted this legislation without Republicans’ input — clearly intended it to be a partisan tool for pursuing their impeachment campaign against President Donald Trump.

James's Opinion
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10/20/2019
A bigger problem is Facebook and Google's influence in our election.
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Mark's Opinion
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10/23/2019
This bill has been introduced by a hyper partisan socialist Democrat. So it’s automatically garbage.
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Loraki's Opinion
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10/23/2019
I voted “NAY,” primarily because the Democrats would NEVER have supported such a measure while a Democrat was sitting in the White House Oval Office! Their hypocrisy knows no bounds! Like gun control legislation, this would do NOTHING to stop corrupt politicians from breaking the law. And our society is becoming increasingly LAWLESS every year!
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  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
      senate Committees
      Committee on Rules and Administration
  • The house Passed October 23rd, 2019
    Roll Call Vote 227 Yea / 181 Nay
      house Committees
      Committee on Administration
      Committee on the Judiciary
    IntroducedOctober 8th, 2019

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    Exactly who would vote against closing loopholes permitting foreign interference and deception in US elections? Oh--that's right Moscow Mitch!
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    A bigger problem is Facebook and Google's influence in our election.
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    Yes, put controls on foreign influence of our elections and any offers of support by foreign nationals. There needs to be some additional cyber support to stop military psi-ops disinformation campaigns from influencing the electorate, especially by gaining detailed non-public polling data to target key districts in order to swing our outdated Electoral College voting. Dark funding to PAC’s must be prohibited- way too open to foreign influence. The FEC cannot currently vote since it has lost the required quorum and the President and Senate have not acted to appoint new members (I am not sure, but I don’t believe that the House has a direct responsibility for this). Also, there are few Congress people who want to be in an FEC hot seat this year. Finally, PAC’s are legally required to be completely free of influence from the politicians they choose to support. That doesn’t seem to be the way they are operating. trump’s campaign manager arranged for his wife to run a PAC for trump -which should be illegal. I do not believe that there was ever any enforcement guidelines for this and most politicians seem to have a blind eye. A final PAC control that should be enforced is to stop any implicit or explicit ‘guidance’ of a PAC over any elected official. Non-profit organizations should not be allowed to donate to candidates or campaigns since they obviously have profits to invest in buying political influence - so by definition, they must be profitable.
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    They claim that this is a Democrat plot to censure “free speech”, yet the Republicans pass laws against protest.
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    We need to stop Russian and Chinese interference in our elections and now the Ukraine. It’s incomprehensible that anyone but republicans who want interference would vote no. Rep Fitzpatrick I am beyond disgusted with your vote
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    We need to let 1 person, one vote be the law of the land. Stop election fraud. Stop foreign interference. Stop gerrymandering.
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    This bill has been introduced by a hyper partisan socialist Democrat. So it’s automatically garbage.
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    I voted “NAY,” primarily because the Democrats would NEVER have supported such a measure while a Democrat was sitting in the White House Oval Office! Their hypocrisy knows no bounds! Like gun control legislation, this would do NOTHING to stop corrupt politicians from breaking the law. And our society is becoming increasingly LAWLESS every year!
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    How obvious must it be? French Hill, YOU are a disgrace to your constituents and all Americans. How do you vote no on keeping foreign money out of elections. Shame on you! What and who did you make your oath to, exactly?
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    Yes, we need to "combat foreign interference in U.S. elections by closing loopholes that allow foreign spending in U.S. elections, boosting disclosure and transparency requirements, and creating a duty to report illicit offers of campaign assistance from foreign nations." We need to learn from 2016, the most DANGEROUS election in United States history.
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    Absolutely. Tired of the cheating & lies.
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    Why impeach: Rudolph W. Giuliani, the president’s personal lawyer, is running a shadow foreign policy in Ukraine that circumvents U.S. officials and career diplomats in order to personally benefit President trump. Igor Fruman and Lev Parnas. Look them up. North Korea just tested a submarine launched missile. He just released 10,000 Isis fighters into the world when he betrayed the Kurds. Our allies who have fought against Isis right beside our troops for years. They are being slaughtered right now. All because he has a tower in Istanbul. “The Americans betrayed us. We do not trust them anymore,” she added. These used to be our Kurdish allies that stood against ISIS. He is refusing to comply with the law. He is using the power of the presidency to withhold aide to one of the worst humanitarian crisis on the planet in exchange for political favors in order to sway the 20/20 election. He is acting like a criminal and threatening the life of the whistleblower. Mr. America first is sending troops to Saudi Arabia in support of a murdering dictator who spends millions at his hotels and resorts. Corey Lewandowski testified to congress that trump ordered him to obstruct justice. He is blocking information that pertains to the safety of our country from reaching congress. He has been threatening NOAA, a federal agency, with punishment if they do not disavow the truth and side with his lies. He invited the Taliban to Camp David the week of 9/11. He is a #PussyAssBitch He’s doctoring weather maps to try and prove he’s not an idiot. He has stayed at trump properties 293 days in 3 years, that’s our tax dollars going directly into his pocket. He took money from military daycares to pay for a wall that won’t work and no one wants. The Vice President and the Attorney General are both spending tax payer dollars on trump hotels, lining his pockets and currying his favor. He has privately instructed aides to skirt laws and regulations to get the wall built faster — and told them he will pardon them if necessary. He is pressuring a government agency to give a contract for his wall to a company whose chief executive is a donor to one of his top GOP allies in Congress. He took hundreds of millions from 127 different projects (FEMA being one of those) for his wall. He thinks nuking a hurricane is an idea. He is host the next G-7 at one of his own resorts. Again our tax dollars paying him directly. He taunted Iran by tweeting a classified image of an Iranian rocket that had exploded, thereby potentially compromising U.S. intelligence capabilities. His own company would save millions from the low interest rates he is demanding. He was going to give you tax cuts through your paychecks but decided not to. This year the richest of us payed less in taxes than the rest of us. He is destroying the economy with HIS trade war. We will soon average a 1.2 trillion deficit. He is repeating NRA talking points on background checks so expect no action taken regardless of the fact there has been 27 arrested over threats to commit mass attacks since El Paso( NOT TOLEDO). He made fun of republicans being afraid of the NRA and then caved after a 30 minute phone conversation with them. He bragged about indefinite child detention because it brings families together. He is refusing flue shots, that protect us all(google influenza pandemic), to immigrant children. He is attacking fellow congresswomen in really disgusting ways and making anti-Semitic remarks about Jews calling them disloyal. He thinks he’s the chosen one based on a conspiracy theory web sight. He has: Obstructed Justice. Is profiting from the Presidency. Colluded - They had a meeting & lied about it. Advocated political & police violence. Abuse of power. Engaging in reckless behavior. Persecuting political opponents. Attacking the free press. Violating immigrants Right to Due Process. Violating campaign finance laws. Racist: Speaks directly to and often tweeting straight from white supremacists. Calls them very fine people. Told fellow congresswomen to go back where they came from. Called them shit hole countries. Called them murderers and rapists. Calls her Pocahontas. Took out full page adds calling for the death of five innocent black kids in New York, 1989. Literally has said in an interview he has Hitlers speeches, My New Order in his nightstand. Our Money: Spent campaign finance money on hush payments to silence a porn star he had an affair with in order to hide it from the voters. Has spent over $100 million of our tax dollars playing golf at his own golf courses. Has never divested from companies and advertises and profits off the White House. Was going to cut Medicaid and Medicare funding to pay for the tax cuts he gave to the rich. Is actively destroying farmers lives with his trade wars that we all know only hurts our pockets not Chinas. Has made the lives of every truck driver across America as well as our own, more dangerous by removing safety regulations that only benefits the pockets of the CEOs of those companies. Has removed any and all protections we had in place from work safety, environment, women’s rights, LGBTQ rights and gives that power back to the CEOs, oil companies, men and old white men. Saudi funded lobbyist rented 500 rooms at a trump hotel he never divested from right after he became president. Wonder why? Sexual Predator: Accused by more than 20 women of molestation and rape. Bragged about said molestation on tape. Has cheated on all three wives (see above). Has made sexual remarks on camera about his daughter. Belittles and bully’s women. Not even sure he’s aware he has two daughters. Has allowed North Korea to grow there nuclear weapons program. Took the side of Putin over America’s own security agencies on the national stage. Lacks the intelligence and facts needed to communicate on a global level much less national one. Makes policy decisions based on FOX media. Lies when speaks. Doesn’t believe in science and quite often displays his ignorance of it. Russia: Lied about meetings with Russians. Lied about a trump tower Moscow. Personal attorney Michael Cohen (same guy who broke campaign finance laws under trumps direction) had contacts with russian officials. National Security aide Flynn resigned over Russian contacts. Jeff Sessions recused himself because of Russian contacts. Manafort resigned because of Russian contacts. Campaign foreign policy adviser Papadopoulos met with Russians then bragged about it to Australians who then turned that info over to our FBI. Sixteen campaign officials had contacts with Russia and at least nine others new about it. Russian mobster lived in trump tower. trump casino was flagged 106 times for lax money laundering standards and same Russian frequently stayed at trump casino. Has been selling real estate to Russians for years. It really is surprising how many connections to Russians this man has. Rick Scott, Marco Rubio, Bill Posey You are my representatives. OLC policy: The indictment or criminal prosecution of a crime sitting President would unconstitutionally undermine the capacity of the executive branch to perform its constitutionally assigned functions. It’s time to do your job. You swore an oath to this country, it’s people and me to uphold the constitution. The president has never upheld that oath. How do you want to be remembered?
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    You are a disgrace to your constituents and all Americans. How do you vote no on keeping foreign money out of elections. Shame on you
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    Democrats don’t care about foreign influence when they hold office. This is completely political.
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    I agree this bill needs to go through on a yes vote. But I think, isn't it a shame that THE RULES need to be spelled out in detail for those people who either do not understand the constitution or are not able to read it in the first place.
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    So, Republicans are inviting interference in US elections. Just as they did in 2016! They are beyond redemption and their actions in the House today are criminal. Biggs is the ring leader of illegal cover ups and obstruction of justice seen since the rightful and legal hearings by the House have begun.
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    Protecting our electoral process is essential.
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    Common sense legislation to stop these types of situations from happening. We wouldn't need the legislation if the current president didn't keep asking foreign countries for help to win elections. But the Republicans doesn't care about fair elections so of course they are so dumb and like sheep that follows their party leaders and the dumbest president in history, instead of living by morals, norms, or values. Kipzinger needs to go because he is another puppet that has lost his way and just plays a political game with all the other morans that stopped working for the people after they took office. Unfortunately, as Americans we need to throw out all the old crap politicians... Republicans, Independents, and Democrats that vote on party lines instead of common since legislation. The system will remain broken unless we fix it and vote based on our concious, evaluations of candidates, take big money out of politics, and elect people that will hopefully place it's people first, especially when voting on something that just makes good sense. What another shameful day in american history.
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    You can’t guarantee and build trust for America, when our elections let in, corruption from far away, with no defense to stop it.
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    “…The Constitution gives Congress the right to pursue impeachment. And a president inviting foreign interference in American affairs — for personal gain — clearly qualifies as a potential ‘high crime’…” “…For other Republicans, it’s remembering that they don’t need to submit to Trump. Even though he says the earth is flat, they can say it’s round…” David Leonhardt, NYTimes 10-9-19
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